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(02-01-2013, 11:04 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: My mother gets it every year. And every year she still gets the flu, still gets sick, still coughs and sneezes and is miserable. But she says "Imagine (cough) how sick I'd be (sneeze) without that shot!"

Yeah. Okay.

Yeah, OKAY.!
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Sleepster, I guess that was the time when my family experienced issues. My older brother got it at the health department and immediately passed out. They thought it was the needle but Mom knew better. He was rushed to the hospital and spent several days recovering. My aunt (mom's sister) had it a few weeks later and was in the ICU for two weeks while she recovered.

So, like you, it makes me twitch. Sure, they've improved it since then but I'm not that lucky to want to push it.
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(02-02-2013, 02:27 PM)Sleepster Wrote: I was a college student in 1976 when the swine flu killed or seriously injured hundreds of Americans as a result of an inoculation the government gave them to stave off the virus.

No it didn't. Typical news media fear mongering.

40 million Americans got the 1976 swine flu shot. There were a number of people who got the shot who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS.) Panic ensued.

After the fact, someone actually studied the numbers, and people who got the shot didn't necessarily get GBS any more often than the normal rate of GBS. The news media didn't bother to report that and still repeat the lies and misinformation about the swine flu fiasco.

There may have been about 500 cases of GBS and 25 GBS deaths among the 40,000,000 Americans who got the vaccine, which probably had nothing to do with the shot. Flu kills around 40,000 Americans per year.

The 1918 swine flu pandemic killed 1-3% of the population of the entire world. That would be 3-9 million deaths in the US alone. Other than vaccines, we don't have much better ways to fight the flu than they did in 1918. We may be actually be worse because of worldwide travel, and the fact that we aren't used to quarantines any more.
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I guess it was all part of the post-Watergate paranoia. Hmmm... Maybe it's time to move on ...
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(02-01-2013, 11:04 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: My mother gets it every year. And every year she still gets the flu, still gets sick, still coughs and sneezes and is miserable.

I guess you already know this PaulaO2 but in case another reader doesn't, the 'Flu' vaccination only stops one getting one of the included strains of influenza. It will not stop someone getting a common cold.

My work provides annual FluVax to reduce the chance of an epidemic shutting the place down. (I work for an Aviation Safety organisation).

I haven't had influenza for the 10 years - although I still manage to get at least one common cold per year.
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(02-02-2013, 11:54 PM)Moriarty Wrote: I guess you already know this PaulaO2 but in case another reader doesn't, the 'Flu' vaccination only stops one getting one of the included strains of influenza. It will not stop someone getting a common cold.

My work provides annual FluVax to reduce the chance of an epidemic shutting the place down. (I work for an Aviation Safety organisation).

I haven't had influenza for the 10 years - although I still manage to get at least one common cold per year.

The "standard" vaccine is almost always a mix of 3 or so different flu strain vaccinations.

I've gotten the flu vaccine almost every year for many years. I usually get something during the year, but I suspect it's usually a cold, not the flu. They say flu usually gives you headache and fever, but I almost never get those when I have my yearly "flu." I probably only get a fever every 7 years or so.

Flu vs. cold symptoms here.

I guess I feel wimpy complaining about having a cold. You get so much more sympathy if you say you have the flu. I usually claim to have the flu, but I guess I should really stop claiming that if I don't have a fever or headache.
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